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Tornado Warning (2002)

A scientist (Gerald McRaney) perfects a tornado-warning system and tries to convince residents of a nearby town that a deadly twister is approaching.


Tibor Takács

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerald McRaney ... Dr. Jake Arledge
Thea Gill ... Dee Mazur
David Millbern ... Kirt Reid
Steve Braun ... Mark Scott
Joan Van Ark ... Mayor McAnders
Michael Zelniker ... Steve
Blake Taylor Blake Taylor ... Ted
Rhiannon Benedict Rhiannon Benedict ... Norma (as Valerie Wynne)
Pauline Broderick Pauline Broderick ... Marie
Raimey Gallant Raimey Gallant ... Sarah
Onalee Ames Onalee Ames ... Mrs. Whiteson
Robert Huculak Robert Huculak ... Mr. Whiteson
David Lawrence Brown ... Sheriff Miller (as Dave Brown)
Mariam Bernstein Mariam Bernstein ... Nancy Pat
Gordon Tanner Gordon Tanner ... Stormchaser #1 (as Gord Tanner)


A scientist (Gerald McRaney) perfects a tornado-warning system and tries to convince residents of a nearby town that a deadly twister is approaching.

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It's the storm of the century. Only one man knows where it will strike... and they won't believe him!


Action | Drama


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Release Date:

13 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Opération tornades See more »

Filming Locations:

Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Smoke'n Bob's" Hot Dog cart, seen in one of the town scenes, is a dead giveaway for the Winnipeg shooting location. Also recognizable: the Garry Theatre. See more »


The notion of opening windows when a tornado approaches went out with the Eighties. There is no way a tornado expert like Dr. Arledge would be advising to do such a thing in 2002. See more »


References Atomic Twister (2002) See more »

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If you care about realism then avoid this movie.
4 January 2013 | by Cliffyboy1962See all my reviews

Anyone who has the most basic knowledge of meteorology, which is almost everyone, knows that typical tornadoes are spawned from huge cloud formations. It is almost, if not completely impossible to be near such events and be in sunshine, yet so many of the chase scenes are filmed on sunny days with the storms CGI'd at a later date. This just looks silly. Wind tends to be a factor in tornadic storms but so many scenes were filmed on still days with barely a breeze evident. One classic moment where the heroin attempts to get back in her car but struggles with the door as if wind was keeping it closed, looks very convincing but for the completely still trees in the background.

I can't say it wasn't well acted or written/directed but to me, none of this is relevant if the realism of the whole premise of the movie, is ignored for the sake of budget. It might as well have been a book !

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